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Thursday, December 31, 2015

December Recap

December felt like someone was hitting the fast forward button the entire time. I can't believe the month is already over! I hope Santa brought you all the gifts you wanted and you got to spend time with your loved ones.

It was a fairly relaxing month for me, even though it's been busy.

December Reviews:

Curran POV Collection - Ilona Andrews  4 stars
How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire - Kerrelyn Sparks  3 stars
A Beary Sweet Holiday - Lia Davis  3 stars
Coming Back - Lauren Dane  3 stars
Sweet Ruin - Kresley Cole  4 stars
Nuts - Alice Clayton  4 stars
Vamps and the City - Kerrelyn Sparks  3 stars
Magic Stars - Ilona Andrews   4.5 stars
Between a Vamp and a Hard Place - Jessica Sims  4 stars

I hope you all have a Happy New Year, and stay safe if you're going out to celebrate!

Thrifty Thursday [145]

Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!

Zombie's Bite - Karen Chance

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

WoW [189] - The Dirt on Ninth Grave

Title: The Dirt on Ninth Grave
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #9
Release Date: January 12th, 2016

In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.
Why I am waiting:
I need to catch up on this series asap. I think I need to read book four and already have the audiobook. But YAYYY for another book, I'm loving this series so far.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Drea's Review & Giveaway: Between a Vamp and a Hard Place

Title: Between a Vamp and a Hard Place
Author: Jessica Sims
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Length: Novel (384 pages)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC from Publisher
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4-stars 

Monday, December 28, 2015

New Releases 12/29/2015

Dukes Prefer Blondes - Loretta Chase
Biweekly marriage proposals from men who can't see beyond her (admittedly breathtaking) looks are starting to get on Lady Clara Fairfax's nerves. Desperate to be something more than ornamental, she escapes to her favorite charity. When a child is in trouble, she turns to tall, dark, and annoying barrister Oliver Radford.

Though he's unexpectedly found himself in line to inherit a dukedom, Radford's never been part of fashionable society, and the blonde beauty, though not entirely bereft of brains, isn't part of his plans. But Clara overwhelms even his infallible logic, and when wedlock looms, all he can do is try not to lose his head over her.

It's an inconvenient marriage by ordinary standards, but these two are far from ordinary. Can the ton's most adored heiress and London's most difficult bachelor fall victim to their own unruly desires?

Smoldering Hunger - Donna Grant
Darius is back. Edinburg thought it had seen the last of this seductive Dragon King, but that was before Darius found something worthwhile. He just can't stay away from the impossibly beautiful Dr. Sophie Martin-even though he knows that a passion this strong could prove detrimental...for them both.

Sophie tried to forget her encounter with smoking-hot Darius to no avail. He's in her dreams, tempting her. But her association with Darius catches the attention of another, putting her
in mortal danger. . .and Darius, who has vowed to protect her, is her only hope. But can she trust the notorious dragon shapeshifter? The only thing she knows for sure is that she cannot resist him...

Friday, December 25, 2015

Review: Magic Stars

Title: Magic Stars
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Grey Wolf #1 / Kate Daniels, #8.5
Format: ebook
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Length: Novella (64 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Thrifty Thursday [144]

Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. 

PS: Are you ready for a bear-y good time? ;) I seemed to have gravitated towards abs and bears this week, enjoy!

Bear Home for Christmas - Ariana Hawkes
Bear Mine for Christmas - Ariana Hawkes
Bearly a Memory - Moxie North
Stolen - Kaylee Song
Loving My Neighbor - C.M. Steele
Monster - Kathryn Thomas

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

WoW [188] - The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire

Title: The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire
Author: Sara Humphreys
Series: Dead in the City #4
Release Date: January 5th 2016

Beloved author Sara Humphreys' acclaimed paranormal romance series continues with sweltering attraction between two vampires who have all the time in the world to satisfy their desires...

He wants eternity?
Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon lollipops and Johnny Cash. Though highly skilled and deadly dangerous to his enemies, he's still a Texas good ol' boy at heart. And he has that heart set on wooing Trixie LaRoux-the most badass punk rock chick in town-the old-fashioned way.

Over her undead body...
Trixie is tough as nails and sharp as a silver stake-the last thing she wants is a man to sit on a porch and not grow old with. So it'll take going to hell and back fighting a new threat to vampires before she admits Dakota's courtship makes her blood hum. Turns out chivalry's not dead after all.
Why I am waiting:
Vampire cowboy and it's set in Texas? You have my full attention! Has anyone read this series before? I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have!

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Review: Vamps and the City

Title: Vamps and the City
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: Love at Stake #2
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Abby Craden
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Length: Novel (404 pages/11.6 hours)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday e-reads + Giveaway!

Looking for your next holiday read? Try these on for size! And scroll for a winter anthology giveaway!

The New Year’s Wish

Romance / Contemporary / Holidays

Typing out memos is anything but torturous when your boss is this hot! Dani-Lyn Alexander’s irresistible new yuletide romance is a lighthearted office romp that will make you long for the company holiday party.

Olivia Calloway isn’t cut out for the nine-to-five life. She’s a born entrepreneur. She just has to figure out her soul’s true calling—and she’s given herself until the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve to do it. With her trust fund dwindling and only two and a half months to go, she takes an assistant position at prestigious law firm Harris & Harris. The problem is, Olivia’s a terrible employee—incessantly late, forgetful, and clumsy. Not that her gorgeous new boss Garrett Emerson seems to mind. Beautiful, charming Olivia has been on his mind ever since she ran into him, literally, sprinting to the interview. But Olivia’s first big assignment—to plan an elaborate last minute New Year’s Eve party for the entire company—could make or break her job entirely. With Ms. Harris herself demanding perfection, a jealous office rival rooting for Olivia to lose, and even Garrett dreading the affair, can Olivia finally prove herself—or will an unforeseen complication send her back to the drawing board? All she wants for the holidays is to be her own boss—and to ignite the flirtatious sparks between her and Garrett…so she can file their relationship under love.

“Alexander paints a reliable, feel-good romance for the season that hits all the right notes, which is exactly what readers will seek for the holidays.” —Library Journal

If Only In My Dreams (Nov. 30)

Romance / Contemporary / Holidays

New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart’s timeless, charming holiday novella, originally featured in the popular yuletide anthology Upon a Midnight Clear, now available as a standalone at a great price!

A lively family reunion on a Montana ranch brings on a flurry of memories for a beautiful young writer—and a winter storm that rekindles an old flame—in this “warmly magical” (Library Journal) feel-good holiday gem!

The final installment in the Chesapeake Diaries, Driftwood Point, will publish June 21, 2016. If you can’t wait until then, indulge in the recent New York Times bestselling Chesapeake Diaries #9, That Chesapeake Summer

AND from Drea's current favorite author:

Rekindle the Flame

Romance / Contemporary / Holidays

Cuddle up by the fire with the irresistible prequel to Kate Meader’s smokin’ Hot in Chicago series—originally published in the sizzling holiday anthology Baby, It’s Cold Outside—a superhot e-novella that will warm you from your head to your heart and all the way to your toes!
Chicago firefighter Beck Rivera always knew his destiny would be defined by two things: his dream to follow in the footsteps of his legendary foster father Sean Dempsey and his teenage passion for heiress Darcy Cochrane, the one girl who could both stoke and cool his fire. Loving her meant setting her free and breaking her heart—and his. But when a chance reunion at his family’s bar, sparked by a drunk Santa, places her in his path again, destiny can no longer be denied.

The last thing heiress-turned-tattoo-artist Darcy Cochrane needs is the rollercoaster of emotion stirred up by her first love: sexy, gorgeous man-on-fire Beck Rivera. But he always had such talented hands. And more talented lips. And...maybe one time can’t hurt. Then she’ll send him packing like he did to her all those years ago. But Darcy and Beck soon discover that nothing ignites holiday flames like rekindling a lost love...
“[A] flawless contemporary…Deft characterization, high stakes, and unabashed sexual hunger drive the gripping fast-paced story.”

Want to win a copy of this sweet anthology featuring Rekindle the Flame by Kate Meader and stories from several others?

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This contest is over. Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Review: Nuts

Title: Nuts
Author: Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley #1
Format: ebook
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Length: Novel (320 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thrifty Thursday [143]

Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!

Heir Untamed - Danielle Bourdon

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

WoW [187] - Truthwitch

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Title: Truthwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands #1
Release Date: January 5th 2016

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
Why I am waiting:
Color me intrigued. The only other walking lie detector witch type character I could think of was Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews. I'll be interested to see how this series turns out.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Review: Sweet Ruin

Title: Sweet Ruin
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #16
Format: ebook
Release Date: December 1st, 2015
Length: Novel (384 pages)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Monday, December 14, 2015

Bookish Christmas Gift Ideas

It's getting close to Christmas again, this year went by so quickly. Right about this time I figure out that I forgot to buy someone a gift and have to order a present at the last moment. If you're like me, and looking for a Christmas gift for the book lover in your life, or just want to pick something up for yourself, check out some of my suggestions below.

Olde Book Pillow Classics - ThinkGeek
My boyfriend bought me these for Christmas last year and I love them!

Paperback Cologne - Demeter
I haven't smelled this cologne/perfume before, but I'm intrigued to say the least! Demeter has some pretty out there scents so there's something for everyone in their selection. If you want to smell like Dirt or Crayon, you can.

Bookish Candles - FrostBeard
I haven't smelled these either, but I'd love to get one as a gift. With scents like Bookworm, Book Cellar or Trashy Romance Novel you've got your candle lover covered.

BookBook - Twelve South
I had one of these for my old phone and loved it. It's a wallet and cell phone case in one. And it looks like a mini leather bound book.

Bookish shirts - Your Cool Tees
This shirt made me laugh because it's oh so true. Shirt.woot has some awesome ones too!

Lastly, if you're really out of time and can't get it shipped, just grab a gift card to a local or online bookseller. My suggestions would be Half Price Books (if you have one locally), B&N or Amazon.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Review + Giveaway: Coming Back

Title: Coming Back
Author: Lauren Dane
Series: Ink & Chrome #3
Format: ebook
Release Date: December 8th, 2015
Length: Novel (352 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars